Tip #1: Declutter Your Bins
- It’s part of a theme and that theme wasn’t employed this go around. If you have items in your containers that fall into this category, then buy additional bins. Keep your themes separate so that you know exactly what you have and what you still need to purchase the next time you plan to use that theme.
- It’s not your style. Maybe it used to be your style, or maybe it was a gift from someone that you feel guilty tossing. Either way, if it’s yester-you or never-you, then it needs to NOT be in the container any more. Donate the items that still have life left in them.
- It’s broken. That strand of lights you’re saving….you have my permission to just let that go. If your containers have broken holiday décor that you intended to repair but haven’t up to this point, acknowledge the fact that your life is filled with more important and joyful things than repair work, and that it’s okay to let those broken things go. Consider calling a “scapper” to pick up any items containing metal like artificial Christmas trees or those old lights.
- You didn’t have time. You have to ask yourself a hard question when your leftovers fit in this category: are the items too time consuming EVERY year or was this year just different? If this year was different because of scheduling conflicts or unavoidable drama, hold on to those items for one more season. However, if the items include ornate decorations that require lots of ladder time that you can’t pull off anymore because you’ve got three kids at your ankles….well, then I think you know the answer. Let it go.
Tip #2: Use the Right Containers
It is better to use smaller bins that can easily be carried by one person. I’m a huge fan of bins less than 60 quarts. Wreaths should be kept in special containers to preserve their shape. Ornaments break less often in containers like these. To save time next winter, pack your polished silver in silver bags. Wrapping your lights around something like this or a sheet of thick cardboard will save you lots of time too. No one likes untangling lights! I’m also a HUGE fan of tree bags if you’ve got an artificial, pre-lit that you want to keep in good shape for years to come.
Tip #3: Repack By Zone
Tip #4: Edit As You Go